In 2002 when the two oldest boys were 7 and 9, they were invited to a birthday skating party. I went with them and attempted to help them learn to skate. The evening was one of the funniest I have ever had, but not a successful one as far as the skating went. Seriously, the only time I fell down was once I laughed so hard, I fell. Then I wasn't sure if I could get back up, also due to excessive laughing. I was glad when the night was over that we hadn't made a trip to the ER. And neither of the boys, or myself, ever wanted to repeat that again. Well, in hindsight, that was a mistake, and I should have taken them again. The first time is the hardest, and they would have gotten the hang of it and had lots of fun if we would have continued.
So, fast forward to 2009. Two weeks ago we went skating again, well, Luke, Leia and Padme went skating for the first time. They had so much fun and they all loved it. Some very nice people from the homeschool group who were also skating helped them, especially 4 year old Padme. We went again yesterday and they all improved, and again had so much fun. I so wish I had taken the older boys again when they were younger. They are both now 6 feet tall, and it is so much farther to fall. I am trying to convince them to try it again, but old memories die hard.
Here are a few pictures from yesterday at the rink.
Here is Padme with a helper on each side. They were so good to her!
Here is Leia on her own. Last time she hugged the wall the whole time.
And here is Luke, gaining speed.
We will go again next week so they can keep up the practice. And the fun!